Lebanon PM, former ministers charged over Beirut blast

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    Lebanon’s former caretaker prime minister has been charged in connection with the Beirut port explosion, which devastated the city.

    Hassan Diab and three former ministers are accused of negligence.

    About 200 people were killed in the August 4 disaster, with thousands injured and many more left homeless.

    The explosion was caused by a stockpile of ammonium nitrate, which was improperly stored at the port for six years.

    The four are the senior-most figures to be indicted in the investigation, which has been criticised for its secrecy and lack of progress.

    Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr joins us live from Beirut, Lebanon with the latest updates.

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    In This Story: Lebanon

    Lebanon, officially known as the Lebanese Republic, is a country in the Levant region of Western Asia, and the transcontinental region of the Middle East.

    The official language, Arabic, is the most common language spoken by the citizens of Lebanon. Its capital is Beirut.

    Lebanon was a founding member of the United Nations in 1945 and is a member of the Arab League (1945), the Non-Aligned Movement (1961), Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (1969), and the Organisation internationale de la francophonie (1973).

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